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It was amusing to watch the emergence of this debate on the US-China stage. The Chinese were understandably unwilling to be blamed for the emergence of a virus in which they had no part, and thus reacted strongly to accusations the virus originated in a Wuhan lab. The Americans proved to be even more terrified at the possibility of scientific proof that the virus escaped from one of their bio-labs, and resorted to the only weapon they had which was to turn up the volume on blaming China. There were two main reasons for this state of affairs:[1]https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/vi...1.html The US was the only country known to contain all the varieties that were being spread worldwide.[2]https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/02/gary-d-barnett/t...nkind/ The US is the only nation in the world known to have repeatedly used biological weapons on other countries, beginning with North Korea and never ceasing. Of even more damning consequence is the known locations of about 400 American bio-weapons labs spread throughout the world, to say nothing of the pathetically-lax institution at Fort Detrick.[1]https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/vi...1.html[2]https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/02/gary-d-barnett/t...nkind/[3]https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-military-bio-labs-i...605307

Moreover, Trump recently claimed he could kill the entire population of Afghanistan within days. “Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth. It would be gone and this is not using nuclear. It would be over in – literally, in 10 days.” Biological weapons would seem the only alternative. Hemorrhagic Fever and Hantavirus worked for the US in North Korea; perhaps also Afghanistan.[4]https://www.globalresearch.ca/did-trump-tacitly-thre...687936[5]https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-24/why-did-donal...342794[6]https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/08/21/604070/US-...eapons Mr. Trump later denied intention to carry out his threat, but let’s dispense with the fiction of the US having no biological weapons and that Fort Detrick and the 400 foreign labs are performing only benevolent “peace medicine” functions. If it were China with the above history and SARS, MERS, AIDS, EBOLA, bird flu, swine flu, and COVID-19 first erupted in the US, the Americans would claim this as 100% proof that China was responsible. It cannot be a surprise that much of the world today is naturally tending to lay these outbreaks at America’s doorstep.

But returning to our topic of man-made COVID-19 or COVID-20, it seems everyone has been a little too eager to dismiss the possibility (or probability) of these viruses having a (human) helping hand.

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho of the Institute for Science in Society cites a Journal of Virology report (Feb 2000)[7]http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/10627550 that described a method for inducing desired mutations into coronavirus to create new viruses. “Manipulating viral genomes is now routine, and it is easy to create new viruses that jump host species in the laboratory in the course of apparently legitimate experiments in genetic engineering. It is not even necessary to intentionally create lethal viruses, if one so wishes. It is actually much faster and much more effective to let random recombination and mutation take place in the test tube. Using a technique called ‘molecular breeding’, millions of recombinants can be generated in a matter of minutes. These can be screened for improved function in the case of enzymes, or increased virulence, in the case of viruses and bacteria. In other words, geneticists can now greatly speed up evolution in the laboratory to create viruses and bacteria that never existed in all the billions of years of evolution on earth.”[8]https://www.i-sis.org.uk/SAGE.php It wasn’t widely publicised, but Dr. Ho called for a full investigation into the possible genetic engineering and dissemination of the SARS virus.[9][email protected]

Then another article in which the author explained that scientists eager to dispel the notion of an artificial origin, do so by pointing out that these new coronaviruses didn’t reflect their computer simulations, the author stating, “To put it simply, the authors are saying that SARS-CoV-2 was not deliberately engineered because if it were, it would have been designed differently.” However, the London-based molecular geneticist Dr Michael Antoniou commented that this line of reasoning fails to take into account that there are a number of laboratory-based systems that can select for high affinity RBD variants that are able to take into account the complex environment of a living organism. “So the fact that COVID-19 didn’t have the same RBD amino acid sequence as the one that the computer program predicted in no way rules out the possibility that it was genetically engineered.”[10]https://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/19383-where-...e-from

The article further states that “[The] authors of the Nature Medicine article seem to assume that the only way to genetically engineer a virus is to take an already known virus and then engineer it to have the new properties you want. On this premise, they looked for evidence of an already known virus that could have been used in the engineering of SARS-CoV-2. Since they failed to find that evidence, they stated, “Genetic data irrefutably show that SARS-CoV-2 is not derived from any previously used virus backbone.” But Dr Antoniou told us that while the authors did indeed show that SARS-CoV-2 was unlikely to have been built by deliberate genetic engineering from a previously used virus backbone, that’s not the only way of constructing a virus. A well-known alternative process that could have been used has the cumbersome name of “directed iterative evolutionary selection process”. In this case, it would involve using genetic engineering to generate a large number of randomly mutated versions of the SARS-CoV spike protein receptor binding domain (RBD), which would then be selected for strong binding to the ACE2 receptor and consequently high infectivity of human cells.

“This selection can be done either with purified proteins or, better still, with a mixture of whole coronavirus (CoV) preparations and human cells in tissue culture. This preparation of phage, displaying on its surface a “library” of CoV spike protein variants, is then added to human cells under laboratory culture conditions in order to select for those that bind to the ACE2 receptor. This process is repeated under more and more stringent binding conditions until CoV spike protein variants with a high binding affinity are isolated. Once any of the above selection procedures for high affinity interaction of SARS-CoV spike protein with ACE2 has been completed, then whole infectious CoV with these properties can be manufactured. Such a directed iterative evolutionary selection process is a frequently used method in laboratory research.”

There is, incidentally, another possible way that COVID-19 could have been developed in a laboratory, but in this case without using genetic engineering. This was pointed out by Nikolai Petrovsky, a researcher at the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University in South Australia. Petrovsky says that coronaviruses can be cultured in lab dishes with cells that have the human ACE2 receptor. Over time, the virus will gain adaptations that let it efficiently bind to those receptors. Along the way, that virus would pick up random genetic mutations that pop up but don’t do anything noticeable. “The result of these experiments is a virus that is highly virulent in humans but is sufficiently different that it no longer resembles the original bat virus. Because the mutations are acquired randomly by selection, there is no signature of a human gene jockey, but this is clearly a virus still created by human intervention.”

Larry Romanoff is a retired management consultant and businessman. He has held senior executive positions in international consulting firms, and owned an international import-export business. He has been a visiting professor at Shanghai’s Fudan University, presenting case studies in international affairs to senior EMBA classes. Mr. Romanoff lives in Shanghai and is currently writing a series of ten books generally related to China and the West. He can be contacted at: [email protected] He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

Notes

[1] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/virus-biological-us-army-weapons-fort-detrick-leak-ebola-anthrax-smallpox-ricin-a9042641.html

[2] https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/02/gary-d-barnett/the-u-s-is-the-world-leader-of-bio-weapons-research-production-and-use-against-mankind/

[3] https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-military-bio-labs-in-ukraine-production-of-bio-weapons-and-disease-causing-agents/5605307

[4] https://www.globalresearch.ca/did-trump-tacitly-threaten-use-biological-weapons/5687936

[5] https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-24/why-did-donald-trump-say-he-could-kill-10-million-afghans/11342794

[6] https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/08/21/604070/US-President-Donald-Trump-Afghanistan-war-win-without-nuclear-weapons

[7] http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/10627550

[8] https://www.i-sis.org.uk/SAGE.php

[9] [email protected]

[10] https://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/19383-where-did-the-covid-19-virus-come-from

 
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  1. Anon[184] • Disclaimer says:

    Thank you for your excellent research into the topic.

    I do believe that
    – circumstantial evidences (i.e. the vaping disease, spike in flu deaths, Military World Games in Wuhan, widespread infection in US warships, widespread infection in the US),
    – genetic assay (i.e. the US has the ancestor of all the strains of COVID-19),
    – tests of samples of victims in various countries (showing that they had outbreaks prior to the detection in Wuhan),
    – CIA intelligence (warning of an outbreak 1.5 months prior to detection in Wuhan),
    – the US’s behavior (i.e. covering up of genetic and infection data, refusal to join the worldwide initiative to find the source),
    – and geopolitics (i.e. China’s trajectory is upwards and has everything to lose from a change in status quo)
    strongly suggest that it originated from the US.

  2. Realist says:

    The unleashing of a bioweapon is certainly something the US would/has do/done.

  3. HJay says:

    The article might have been more complete with mention of Unit 731 and especially of Dr. Fauci.

  4. It wasn’t widely publicised, but Dr. Ho called for a full investigation into the possible genetic engineering and dissemination of the SARS virus.[9]

    Not a helpful citation. Note 9 is the e-mail of the deceased Ho.

    The wikipedia article on Ho slanders her as pseudoscientist on quackwatch. I immensely enjoyed reading Rainbow and the Worm even though much of it was a little over my head. I have Living with the Fluid Genome by Mae-Wan Ho on my amazon wish list but the book is scarce. They have one used copy on there offered by an outfit called Sandy Dunes Surplus for $907.99.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  5. You might care to read this article on the spread of the ZIKA virus. It’s a bit long, but it adds a huge amount of necessary context to the COVID-19 scenario. When you add SARS, MERS, and EBOLA into this combined picture, there is a conclusion formed that is almost impossible to escape.

    https://www.unz.com/article/zika/

    • Thanks: Alfred
    • Replies: @Alfred
  6. Alfred says:
    @Ayatollah Smith

    You might care to read this article on the spread of the ZIKA virus

    I hope the people spreading these various infections burn in hell. Psychopaths!

  7. Zimriel says:

    Remember: when the title ends in a questionmark, the answer is always “no”.
    If it sounds like I am calling Larry Romanoff a liar, that is because I am.

    • Troll: d dan
  8. Trinity says:

    The Asian flu in the late 1950s and the Hong Kong flu in the late 1960s probably ACTUALLY KILLED more people. The (((coronavirus))) stats have been FUDGED, that is obvious to anyone out there who even remotely has an ounce of common sense. I think the Asian flu accounted for a million or so deaths and the Hong Kong flu about 4 million or so globally. Latest claims on the MANUFACTURED (((covid-19))) are listed at greater than 8 million but IF you believe that than you probably believe that Barry Bonds never took steroids as well. Yep, this thing was indeed created IMO and it has Zio-Sino written all over it, and not the RIDICULOUS theory which I saw in an article posted on this site awhile back which suggested that this was an “Anglo-Zionist” operation. Jew-flu, Kung-flu, Zio-Sino virus, Kosher crud, choose your name, but all arrows point to the (((usual suspects))) and their Chinese partners.

  9. Yogowotsi says:

    Good compilation of information here.

    I believe that the mainstream media will soon begin to take a hard look at the activities of these 400 U.S. funded bioweapons labs around the world.

    The evidence is mounting fast that they have been violating the international ban on bioweapons research from day one.

    We need intense scrutiny of their every move and daylight shining into the heart of this swamp.

    The first step is to do a systematic search of scientific publication platforms based on appropriate combinations of key words, to identify where these labs are, who staffs them, and what those people have been doing on our tax dollars.

    • Agree: Ann Nonny Mouse
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  10. JasonT says:
    @Yogowotsi

    “I believe that the mainstream media will soon begin to take a hard look at the activities of these 400 U.S. funded bioweapons labs around the world.”

    The mainstream media is part of the plandemic. Why would they take a ‘hard look’ unless they plan to run cover for the bioweapons labs?

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